The Tragic Hero. Tragic Hero Background A tragic hero is often used in Shakespearean literature. This model of a hero may not always be a “good guy”

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<ul><li><p>The Tragic Hero</p></li><li><p>Tragic Hero BackgroundA tragic hero is often used in Shakespearean literature.This model of a hero may not always be a good guy.The tragic hero has made its way into more contemporary literature because audiences can relate to them.A tragic hero follows a twelve step pattern.</p></li><li><p>What Defines Shakespearean Tragedy?A Tragic HeroThe Tragic Flaw-HamartiaReversal of FortuneCatharsisRestoration of Social Order Denouement</p></li><li><p>Tragic Hero TraitsThe tragic hero is someone we, as an audience, look up tosomeone superior.The tragic hero is nearly perfect, and we identify with him/herThe hero has one flaw or weaknessWe call this the tragic flaw, fatal flaw, or hamartia</p></li><li><p>Reversal of Fortune</p><p>The fatal flaw brings the hero down from his/her elevated state.Renaissance audiences were familiar with the wheel of fortune or fickle fate.What goes up, must come down.</p></li><li><p>CatharsisWe get the word catharsis from Aristotles katharsis.Catharsis is the audiences purging of emotions through pity and fear.The spectator is purged as a result of watching the hero fall.This is why we cry during movies!</p></li><li><p>Restoration of Social OrderTragedies include a private and a public elementThe play cannot end until society is, once again, at peace.This is why the Tragic Hero often dies!</p></li><li><p>Tragic Hero PatternStep 1 A protagonist of high estateStep 2 A tragic flaw in characterStep 3 Intrusion of time, sense or urgencyStep 4 Misreading/RationalizationsStep 5 Murder, exile, alienation of enemies and alliesStep 6 Gradual isolation of Tragic Hero</p></li><li><p>Tragic Hero Pattern Step 7 Mobilization of oppositionStep 8 Recognition of tragic flaw, too lateStep 9 Last courageous attempt to restore greatness.Step 10 Audience recognizes potential for greatness.Step 11 Death of tragic hero.Step 12 Restoration of order.</p></li></ul>